By Drew Lahart on July 26, 2016

Pushing the Boundaries of Technology on the 26th Anniversary of the ADA

We want to recognize the 26th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and salute its impact in helping create a more inclusive society. This anniversary is an important reminder that we all need to continue to eliminate barriers in the physical and online worlds so people with disabilities and the aging population can […]

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By Brent Shiver on July 18, 2016

Key Learnings from the Hearing Loss Association of America Annual Convention

Returning to Washington, DC is usually a nostalgic experience because I spent time there while I was a student at Gallaudet University, the world’s only liberal arts university for the deaf. This time, however, I was looking to the future and not reminiscing about the past. I was attending the annual Hearing Loss Association of […]

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By Tim Powers on June 29, 2016

What the Porn Industry Can Teach Us About Accessibility

PornHub recently announced (safe for work link) that it was offering described video, or narrated sex scenes, for the blind. Described video or audio descriptions help blind viewers understand what is happening on television programs or films. Let’s remove the moral debate of pornographic movies and examine the actual motivation of making its videos more accessible to […]

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By Erich Manser on June 13, 2016

Accidental Accessibility

I love the word “intuitive.” It needs little explanation. Things should just work – installing software, the directions for a Scandinavian chest of drawers, or cooking a crème brûlée as easy as they do on television. You’ll also never get complaints about something, especially technology, being “too intuitive.” A fair amount of my day is […]

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By Shunguo Yan on June 6, 2016

Improving Cognitive Computing with Human Interaction

With the advent of cognitive computing, two interesting questions arise: What role do humans play in the new era? How can a computer and humans work together to develop mutual trust to help solve the world’s most complicated problems? The true potential of a cognitive system is its powerful data analytics and statistical reasoning. However, […]

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By Tim Powers on May 23, 2016

University of Massachusetts Boston Creating an Accessible Campus with IBM Mobile Technology

Guest post from Dr. Ping Chen, Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, UMass Boston University campuses are complex and busy mazes of hustle and bustle. At times, they might be under-construction, experiencing changes, or lack signage or symmetry that makes them difficult to navigate, even for those familiar with the layout. People who are blind, use wheelchairs, […]

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By Frances West on May 19, 2016

Who is Responsible for Accessibility?

It’s nice to see that accessibility has been garnering more headlines over the past couple of months. With more technology leaders finally grabbing hold of the reins to advance the awareness and importance of accessibility, the industry feels less like Sisyphus and instead is creating an avalanche of innovation in cognitive computing and artificial intelligence to enable […]

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By Tim Powers on May 12, 2016

Inclusive Design Can’t Be An Afterthought

Guest post from Sara Mansell, Design Research Lead for Hybrid Integration, IBM Cloud “It was so refreshing to hear a person outside of the accessibility department talking about accessibility,” said Gerry Ellis, an Accessibility and Usability Consultant at Feel the BenefIT, after I presented on accessible design at G3ict‘s International Briefing on Financial Services Accessibility […]

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By Tim Powers on April 15, 2016

Running on Accessibility

Erich Manser trains IBM designers and developers about the importance of not cutting corners when it comes to accessibility and inclusion in the creation of new solutions. He takes the same approach when training for one of his favorite passions… marathons. In this case, Manser has literally learned the importance of staying in, or on, […]

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